From nation states or black hats hacking the power grid to water filtration plants, the threats are both real and overblown.
There's no evidence that the Massachusetts gas explosions are caused by hackers, but that hasn't stopped people from baseless speculations.
Researchers at a university in Israel have found ways to turn smart irrigation systems into a botnet that could theoretically drain some of a city’s water reserves. But don’t panic.
For now, it’s just a lab experiment, but the researchers behind the first industrial control system ransomware believe it’s just a matter of time before criminals take note.
Many use the vintage gadget to send and receive unencrypted messages, leaving huge systems vulnerable to infiltration and attack.
Should we really be worried about a “Cyber Pearl Harbor”?
In the future, cyberattacks on power plants might be done with malware and flying hacker drones.
Power stations, the electrical grid, water filtration plants and banks are all targets for hackers working on the dime of foreign governments.
Now, they just need the technology.